Cuzco - Ruins

Trip Start May 12, 2013
Trip End Jul 30, 2013

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Flag of Peru  , Cuzco Region,
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Headed towards the Qoricancha museum at 10am. There were some interesting artifacts from the inca time and beyond, pottery, skulls etc. there was this one part which mentioned they forced the human skull to grow in a certain manner by several means. Kinda scary to see the skulls in that manner.

After that, while waiting for our 1.30pm city tour, we went to the main square and visited several of the convents, which have since been converted into souvenir markets. Had lunch at a local joint which served a good seafood soup, then headed to the a nearby outdoor market and the contemporary art museum.

It was soon time for the tour. The bus first took us to Qoricancha (temple of the sun). What's left behind after years of destruction by earthquakes and the spaniards were several roofless cubicles made of stone. The stones were aligned perfectly with one another with no use of cement in between. It took them almost 70 years to finish the temple. It was earthquake resistant as well. The surrounding architecture which made the place look like a monastery from the outside is actually made by the Dominicans after the Spanish conquest. In contrast, the rocks had cement inbetween, and the structure had been rebuilt several times due to destruction from earthquakes.

The next stop was Saschayhuaman ruins. For all the hype, it was kinda disappointing. The only amazing thing was wondering how the incas managed to transport the 100tonne rock pieces to build the temples then. What's left of the temple was less than 30%, and it was evidently so. Could only see loose rocks and fallen walls.

After that we went to some sacrificial spot where llamas and alpacas were sacrificed. There was also a tomb of the king there.

Then was the temple of water, where a small fountain was created from diverting underground water. Finally, a watchtower used for communications in the past by bronze mirrors.

The bus then took us to a alpaca clothing store which explained to us how to differentiate the difference qualities of the sweaters. There was a wide selection there as well, but nothing like the bluish one I saw at the Sol Alpaca store. Will think about it for a few days.

Heading for the inca trail tomorrow!

Cuzco, Peru
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